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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Casual Labourers with temporary Status – Clarification regarding contribution to GPF and Pension under the Old Pension Scheme.

No.01-07/2016-SPB-I
Government Of India
Ministry Of Communications & IT
Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi – 110 001.

Dated: 12th September, 2016

Subject: Casual Labourers with temporary Status – Clarification regarding contribution to GPF and Pension under the Old Pension Scheme.

Sir,

I am directed to refer to this Department’s letter no.01-07/2016-SPB-I dated 22.07.2016 on the above cited subject and say that following clarifications are hereby issued in respect of Casual Labourers in the Postal Department in line with DOP&T OM No.49014/2/2014-Estt(c) dated 28.07.2016:

(a) The Department’s letter No.01-07/2016-SPB-I dated 22.07.2016 restores the provisions of the scheme as it existed prior to this Department’s letter No.45-6/2005-SPB-I dated 02.09.2005. The benefit of GPF and Old Pension Scheme is applicable to all those Casual Labourers who are covered under the Casual Labourers (Grant of Temporary Status and Regularization) Scheme issued vide letter No.45-95/87-SPB-I dated 12.04.1991 even if they have been regularized on or after 01-01-2004.

(b) As the benefit of Old Pension Scheme and GPF is applicable to only those casual workers who are covered under the above stated scheme of 1991, all the circles may strictly ensure that it does not lead to demand by regularly recruited fresh employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004 for similar benefit in place of NPS.

Yours faithfully,

(Abhay Kumar)
Assistant Director General (SPN)

Source: http://utilities.cept.gov.in/dop/pdfbind.ashx?id=2104

Friday, September 23, 2016

Implementation of recommendation of 7th CPC – Fixation of Pay and Payment of arrears in respect of (a) Autonomous organisations

 CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

Ref: Confdn/7th CPC/Autonomous/2016-19
Dated – 20.09.2016

To,

The Secretary (Expenditure)
Ministry of Finance (Govt. of India)
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

Sub: – Implementation of recommendation of 7th CPC – Fixation of Pay and Payment of arrears in respect of – (a) Autonomous organisations (b) Central Government Employees who are working in Autonomous bodies on deemed deputation.

1. Please refer to the Government of India, Department of Finance & Department of Expenditure Resolution No. 1-2/2016-IC dated 25.07.2016 bringing out the decisions of  the Government on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission as well as consequent promulgation of the Central Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules 2016, notified vide G. S. R. No. 721(E) dated 25th July 2016 regarding fixation of pay in the revised pay structure effective from 01.01.2016.

2. Every time, when Revise Pay Rules in respect of Central Government Employees are used, the Government used to issue separate orders regarding the extension of those benefits to the employees of Autonomous Organisations etc. whose pattern of emolument structure are identical to those of the Central government employees. Last time the Revised Pay Rules was issued on 30.08.2008 and orders extending the benefit to similarly placed employees of Autonomous bodies was issued on 30.09.2008. This time even though the Revised Pay Rules are issued on 25.07.2016, till this day i.e. even after a lapse of more than one month orders regarding Autonomous bodies is not issued.

3. Further it is reported that the employees of working at Central Food Laboratory, Kolkata (Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of India) who are on deemed deputation has not been paid the Revised salary for the month of August 2016 in terms of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 by the Director, Central Food Laboratory. Director, CFL has issued orders to draw the pay on the basis of pre-revised pay even in respect of those Central Government employees working at CFL who are on deemed deputation. He has equated employees of the Autonomous organizations with the employees on deemed deputation.

Above action of the Director, CFL, Kolkata appears to be not in conformity with the Para- 7 of OM No. 1-5/2016-IC dated 28.07.2016 in letter and spirit.

4. In view of the above, it is requested that clear instructions may be issued to all Ministries regarding applicability of CCS (RP) Rules 2016 in respect of

(a) Employees of Autonomous Bodies
(b) Central Government employees who are on deemed deputation to Autonomous bodies.

A line in reply from your end will be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Mob: – 09447068125
Source: Confederation

Revision of pension under ‘One Rank One Pension’.

OFFICE OF THE PR. CONTROLLER OF DEFENCE ACCOUNTS (PENSIONS)
DRAUPADI CHAT, ALLAHABAD- 211014

Circular No. 566
Dated: 16.09.2016

Subject :- Revision of pension under ‘One Rank One Pension’.

Ref :- This office Circular No. 555 dated 04.02.2016 & Circular No. 557 dated 17.03.2016.

Pension Disbursing Agencies (PDAS) are aware that as per this Office Circular NO. 555 dt. 04.02.2016, pension of Armed Forces Personnel iS to be revised w.e.f. 01.07.2014 by the PDAS as per tables attached with this Circular. PDAS have reported some difficulties on certain points while implementing the scheme Of ‘OROP’. Clarification in the matter is as under:-

(i) Revision of pension in respect of Post-2006 Havildars granted ACP-l who later on promoted to the Rank of Hony Nb Sub :- It is Clarified that pension of Post-2006 Havildars granted ACP-l, who got pensionary benefits of Nb-Sub rank but later on promoted to the rank of Hony. Nb-Sub for which Corr. PPOS were issued revising the rank as Hony. Nb-Sub. Pension in such cases Shall be revised to the rank of Nb-Sub.

(ii) Revision of pension under OROP in r/o Fly. Sergeant: - The rank of Fly. Sergeant has not been mentioned in the equivalence of ranks in Appendix - ‘Y’ of this Office above mentioned Circulars. It iS hereby Clarified that rank of Fly. Sergeant iS equivalent to JWO of the Air Force and Naib Subedar of the Army. Hence, pension of Fly. Sergeant Shall be revised from the Tables of Naib Subedar

2. All other terms and conditions in the matter shall remain unchanged.

3. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination
across the all concerned.

No. Gts/Tech/0167/XXIV
Dated: 16.09.2016
(C.B. Yadav)
DCDA (Pensions)

Source: http://pcdapension.nic.in/6cpc/Circular-566.pdf

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

7th pay commission news-NOTE ON ALLOWANCES-JCA

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS 

PF-No.PF-PJCA/20

Dated:16th September, 2016
To
The Secretary,
Department of Post,
Sansad Marg,
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi-110 001

NOTE ON ALLOWANCES

1. The recommendation of the 7th CPC that Tough Location Allowance will not be admissible along wth Special Duty Allowance (SDA) should not be accepted by Government.

In para 8.10.62 of the 7th CPC the following recommendation is made –

Para 8.10.62 - There are some “Special Compensatory” Allowances that are based on geographical location and are meant to compensate for hardship faced by employees posted in such places. It is proposed to subsume these allowances under the umbrella of “Tough Location Allowance”.

In Para 8.10.63 the Commission made the following recommendations –
“The Tough Location Allowance will, however, not be admissible along with Special Duty Allowance”.

At present, special allowances are paid in the following places along with Special Duty Allowance.

(a) Assam and North Easter Region – Special Compensatory allowance paid alongwith Special Duty Allowance.
(b) Andaman & Nicobar Islands – Special Compensatory Allowance paid alongwith Island Special Duty Allowance.
(c) Tripura Special Compensatory Remote Locality Allowance paid along with Special Duty Allowance.

Demand of the staff side: In all the above cases “Tough Location Allowance” may be paid alongwith Special Duty Allowance. Withdrawal of any of the above allowances, will result in substantial financial loss to the employees. An existing benefit should not be withdrawn, under the pretext of 7th CPC’s unjustified recommendation.

2. Special Duty Allowance in N. E. Region should be uniform for all at 30%.

In Para 8.17.115 the 7th CPC made the following observation –
“Special Duty Allowance (SDA) is granted to attract civilian employees to seek posting in North Eastern and Ladhak Regions, in view of the risk and hardship prevailing in these areas. Currently the rate of SDA is 37.5% of Basic Pay for AIS officers and 12.5% of Basic Pay for other employees.

In para 8.17.118 the Commission made the following recommendation –
“Accordingly in line with our general approach of rationalizing the percentage based allowance by a factor of 0.8, SDA for AIS officers should be paid at the rate of 30% of Basic Pay and for other civilian employees at the rate of 10% of their basic pay.

Demand of the staff side: The discrimination between AIS officers and other civilian employees in payment of SDA should not be there and all may be paid at the same rate i.e. at the rate of 30% recommended by the pay commission for AIS officers.

3. Allowances which are not reported to 7thCPC by the concerned departments.

In para 8.2.5 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendation.
“We have considered all allowances reported to us, in this chapter. Any allowances, not mentioned here (And hence not reported to the commission) shall cease to exist immediately. In case there is any demand or requirement for continuation of an existing allowance which has not been deliberated upon or covered in this report, it should be re-notified by the ministry concerned after obtaining due approval of Ministry of Finance and should be put in the public domain”.

Demand of the Staff Side: The above recommendation should not be accepted, as it amounts to penalizing employees for the fault of the departmental heads. The following allowance which are not reported to the commission should be retained and enhanced.

(a) PO & RMS Accountants’ Special allowance
Postal Assistants and Sorting Assistants of Postal department are posted as PO & RMS Accountant after passing a qualifying examination. Taking into consideration their work which require much skill, application of mind, and knowledge of all rulings, Special allowance is granted to them. This allowance may beretained and enhanced.

4. Savings Bank Allowance in Post offices:

In Department of Posts, Savings Bank Allowance is granted to Postal Assistant working in Post Office Savings Bank (POSB) for shouldering strenuous and complicated nature of Savings Bank work. Postal Assistants need to qualify an aptitude test to get this allowance. The current rates are Rs.300/- per month for fully engaged staff and Rs.150/- per month for partially engaged staff.

In para 8.10.80 of the report, the Commission recommended as follows:
“Savings Bank Allowance be abolished as the justification provided by the concerned ministry for the grant of this allowance is not sufficient for their continuance”.

Demand of staff side: Savings Bank Allowance should be retained and enhanced in view of the justification given above.

5. Special Compensatory (Hill area) Allowance

In para 8.10.50 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendation – “There is hardly any hardship involved at altitude of 1000 meters (more than 3000 feets) above sea level. Hence, it is recommended that the allowance should be abolished.

Demand of the staff side: The above observation of the commission is not based on ground realities but based on presumption. Hence the above allowance should be retained and enhanced.

6. Family Planning Allowance

In para 8.17.50 of the report, the 7th CPC made the following recommendations – “The commission recognizes the fact that most of the benefit related to children viz. children Education Allowance, maternity Leave, LTC etc. are available for two children only. Moreover, the level of awareness regarding appropriate family size has also gone up among Government servants. Hence, a separate allowance aimed towards population control is not required. Accordingly, it is recommended that family planning allowance should be abolished.

Demand of the staff side: The above allowance may be retained. In any case, the Family Planning Allowance already granted should not be withdrawn.

7. Fixed Medical Allowance

In Para 8.17.51 of the report the 7th CPC observed as follows –

It is granted to pensioners for meeting expenditure on day to day medical expenses that do not require hospitalization, presently payable at the rate of Rs.500/- p.m. Demands have been received to increase the rate of this allowance to Rs.2000/-.

In para 8.17.52 the Commission made the following recommendation-
The Commission notes that the allowance was enhanced from Rs.300/- to Rs.500/- p.m from 19.11.2014. As such, further enhancement of this allowance is not recommended.


Demand of the staff side: in the memorandum submitted to 7th CPC, the staff side had elaborately explained the justification for enhancing the FMA to Rs.2000/-. As everybody knows, old age persons are suffering from many deceases and as the cost of medicines has increased manifold the expenditure on outdoor medical treatment has also gone up like anything. With Rs.500/- p.m no pensioner can meet the medical expenses. The commission has not conducted any scientific and realistic study, but simply rejected the demand stating that it is enhanced recently. It is once again requested that the FMA for pensioners may be enhanced to Rs.2000/- p.m as in the case of EPF pensioners.

8. Cash handling Allowance

In para 8.10.9 of the report, the 7th CPC observed as follows: -

It is paid to cashiers working in Central Government departments, for handling of cash. The current rates are –

Average amount of monthly cash disbursed
Rate per month
Below Rs. 50000
230
Over Rs. 50000 upto 200000
450
Over 200000 upto 500000
600
Over 500000 upto 1000000
750
Above 1000000
900


Again in Para 8.10.57 the commission observed as follows: -

Treasury Allowance – This allowance is granted in Department of Posts to Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers working in Head Post offices and large Sub Post offices for handling cash. The present rate is Rs.360/- p.m for handling cash upto Rs.2 lakhs and Rs.480/- p.m. for handling cash more than Rs.2 lakhs.

In para 8.10.80 the commission made the following recommendation
Assistant cashier Allowance, Cash handling allowance and Treasury Allowance –
With technological advances and growing emphasis on banking, these allowances have lost their relevance. Hence it is recommended that not only all salary be paid through banks, but Ministries/departments should work out plans to first minimize and then eliminate all sorts of cash transactions.

Demand of the staff Side: The recommendation of the Commission is not realistic. Till that time the cash transactions are eliminated the Cash handling allowance and Treasury allowance should be retained and enhanced.

9. Cycle Allowance

In para 8.15.10 of the report the 7th CPC made the following observation.
“It is paid where the duties attached to the post require extensive use of bicycle and the official concerned has to use and maintain his own cycle for official journeys. The existing rate is Rs.90 p.m.

In para 15.11 the commission made the following recommendation –
“The Commission is of the view that amount of this allowance is megre and the allowance itself is outdated. Hence it should be abolished.

Demand of the staff side: This allowance is at present given to more than 40000 Postmen staff and about 50000 GraminDakSevaks of the Postal Department. When the commission itself observed that an official using his own bicycle for official duties has to incur expenditure for maintenance of the cycle. When the maintenance work is done for performing official duties, the amount should be reimbursed to the official, whether the amount is megre or not – Hence this allowance should be retained and enhanced.

10. Overtime Allowance

In para 8.17.97 of the report the 7th CPC made the following recommendations -

Hence while this commission shares the sentiments of the predecessors that Government offices need to increase productivity and efficiency and recommended that OTA should be abolished (except for operational staff and industrial employees who are governed by statutory provisions) at the same time it is also recommended that in case the Government decides to continue with OTA for these categories of staff for which it is not statutory requirement, then the rate of OTA for such staff should be increased by 50% from their current levels.

Demand of the staff side: OTA rates are revised in the year 1987. For the last 30 years no revision has taken place. Eventhough an arbitration award for enhancement is given, the same is also pending implementation for the last 20 years. After 7th CPC revision, one hour wage of an MTS is Rs. 75/- where as rate for one hour OTA is Rs.15.85 only!!! Hence it is requested that overtime allowance wherever sanctioned must be based upon the actual basic pay of the entitled employee.

11. Dress Allowance

(a) Para 08.16.14 may be referred. The 7th CPC recommended four slabs of Dress allowance per year for various categories of employees. In the Department of Posts there are about 75000 Postmen and Multi-Tasking staff wearing uniform. Their name is not mentioned in the category of employees shown in the table. Even if it is included in the other categories of staff, then the Dress Allowance per year will be Rs.5000/- only. At present the Postmen/MTS staff of Postal department are getting more than Rs.5000/- for uniform plus washing allowance. Hence it should be made clear under which category the Postmen and MTS staff of Postal department are to be included, in the dress allowance table recommended by the 7th CPC. These official may be granted Rs.10000/- as dress allowance.

(b) It is further demanded that the Dress Allowance ceiling to be raised to Rs.32400 per annum.

(c) If cloth for dress is provided stitching charges should be revised reasonably.

(d) Washing allowance should be increased from Rs.90/- to 150/- Rupees per month.

Yours faithfully

Sd/-                          Sd/-
(D. Theagarajan) (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General FNPO Secretary General

Source:- NFPE

Enhancement in the age of superannuation of Doctors of Ord Fy Board (Department of Defence Production, Min of Def).


bpms

bpmsREF:BPMS/DoP&T/Retirement/53 (7/3/L)

Dated: 18.09.2016

To,
Dr. Jitendra Singh,
Minister of State, Government of India,
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pension,
North Block, New Delhi – 110001

Subject: Enhancement in the age of superannuation of Doctors of Ord Fy Board (Department of Defence Production, Min of Def).

Respected Sir,

With due regards, your attention is invited to the speech of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sri Narendra Modi which he delivered on 26th May, 2016 in Saharanpur (U.P.) in a rally to observe the second anniversary of his Government, which was as under:

“There is a shortage of doctors. In government hospitals, their retirement is 60 years in some states, 62 in some others. If adequate number of medical institutes were there, then we would have more doctors and would not feel the shortage. It is difficult to make doctors in two years but poor families cannot be forced to live without doctors.

“Therefore from Uttar Pradesh, I want to announce this to my countrymen that this week our government’s Cabinet will take a decision within a week and the retirement age of our doctors, whether in states or Government of India, would be made 65 years instead of 60 or 62.”

Honouring the promise of Prime Minister, the Department of Personnel & Training, MoP, PG & P, GOI issued Notification (GSR No. 567-E, Dated 31.05.2016) for amendment in FR 56 (bb) whereby the age of superannuation in respect of General Duty Medical Officers and Specialists included in Teaching, Non-Teaching and Public Health Sub-cadres of Centre Health Service has been enhanced to 65 yrs.

Considering the huge shortage of Specialists (75%) & GDMOs (25%) in Indian Ordnance & Ordnance Equipment Factories (Department of Defence Production, Min of Defence) this issue was brought to notice of Hon’ble Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar by this federation and requested him to take appropriate action to enhance the retirement age of IOFHS Cadre.

In turn Hon’ble Defence Minister assured for extension of coverage of FR 56(bb) in favour of IOFHS Cadre forthwith. Thereafter, in the month of August, 2016 MoD has sent a proposal to DoP&T for necessary approval / action and to expedite that the Secretary, Department of Defence Production also wrote a ‘DO Letter’ to Secretary, DoP&T to expedite the matter but the file is moving from one Ministry / Department to another.

It is worth to mention here that Min of Railways, Home Affairs, Municipality Corporation of Delhi etc. have already enhanced the superannuation age of their Doctors and meanwhile Min of Health & Family Welfare has clarified vide F.No. Z.16024/11/2016-CHS.V Dated 30.08.2016 that Departments / Ministries may take decision, with the approval of their respective competent authorities on the enhancement of the age of superannuation of doctors.

Now the time has come for Bureaucratic System to respect, accept & adopt the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s ‘3 S’ – Speed, Skill & Scale to resolve the issues of Government Employees.

Therefore, you are requested to issue necessary directives to the concerned authorities to extend the provisions of FR 56(bb) in respect of all the doctors of OFB so that the organization as well as the incumbents may also be benefitted with enhanced age of superannuation of 65 yrs with effect from 31.05.2016.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
sd/-
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary


bpms

bpmsREF:BPMS/MOD/Retirement/53(7/3/L)

Dated: 18.09.2016

To,
Shri Manohar Parrikar ji,
Union Minister for Defence,
Government of India,
South Block, DHQ PO,
New Delhi – 110011

Subject: Enhancement in the age of superannuation of Doctors of Ord Fy Board (Department of Defence Production, Min of Def).

Respected Sir,

With due regards, your attention is invited to this federation’s letter of even no. dated 30.07.2016 whereby it has been requested to your good self to enhance the age of superannuation of Doctors of Ordnance Factories and during your visit at the residence of Sri Rakesh Singh, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Jabalpur (M.P.) you have kindly assured this Federation BPMS to resolve the issue without further delay.

Thereupon, for extension of coverage of FR 56(bb) in favour of IOFHS Cadre, in the month of August, 2016 MoD has sent a proposal to DoP&T for necessary approval / action and to expedite it, the Secretary, Department of Defence Production also wrote a ‘DO Letter’ to Secretary, DoP&T to expedite the matter but the file is moving from one Ministry / Department to another.

Meanwhile Min of Health & Family Welfare has clarified vide F.No. Z.16024/11/2016- CHS.V Dated 30.08.2016 that Departments / Ministries may take decision, with the approval of their respective competent authorities on the enhancement of the age of superannuation of doctors.

In such circumstances, being the competent authority of Min of Defence, you are requested to approve the proposal of enhancement of superannuation of doctors of OFB without obtaining the permission of DoP&T as the other Ministries like MHA, Railways etc. have already done.

Thanking you.

Sincerely yours
sd/-
(M P SINGH)
General Secretary

Source: http://www.bpms.org.in/documents/doctor-dopt-mod-7nk9.pdf

DA from July 2016 in 7th pay Commission is 2% or 3%


DA from July 2016 in 7th pay Commission is 2% or 3% is yet to be confirmed

It seems that the DA from July 2016 in 7th Pay Commission is not yet finalized by Central Government. There is confusion persists on the rate of Dearness Allowance to be paid from 1st July 2016 in revised Pay . The AICPIN average for the year 2015 to be taken as Base Index for calculation of DA in 7th CPC as the DA has been neutralized to arrive the revised Pay.

The actual AICPIN Average for 2015 is 261.33. As per this AICPIN average, the DA to be paid at the rate of 2% from July 2016 in 7th CPC . But the NCJCM has contended that it should be paid at the rate of 3%.

The NCJCM staff side said that as per the practice of fraction is being ignored, 0.75 is ignored from actual DA 125.75 as on 1st January 2016. Since the 125% DA was merged to revise the 7th CPC pay, Accordingly, the AICPIN average of 2015 has to be revised to 260.46 from 261.33 to arrive the exact rate of DA of 125% .

It is obvious that the NCJCM Staff Sides claim has sufficient merits to be considered favorably by the Government. In that case, the DA to be paid from July 2016 will be 3%.

The NCJCM Staff Side should be appreciated for this timely intervention and effort.

The central Government need to take decision in this regard soon, as it has been passed third week of September. Usually the announcement of DA for July every year will be made in the first or second week of September.

Source: http://www.gservants.com/2016/09/21/da-from-july-2016-in-7th-pay-commission-is-2-or-3/14677/

New Pension System (NPS) and its-implementation.

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)

RBA No. :54/2016
No. 201 6/ AC-II/ 21 / 7
New Delhi, dated: . 16.08.2016

General Managers, FA&CAOS and CPOs,
All Indian Railways. and PUs

Sub: New Pension System (NPS) and its-implementation.

Please find enclosed PFRDA’S letter no. PFRDA/19/CG/1/39 dated 01.08.2016 on the above subject. In this regard, the "following has been desired:

i. Distribution of comprehensive brochure prepared by PFRDA for government Sector subscribers.

ii. Updation of contact details Of all the underlying offices in the records of CRA for better communication flow.

iii Setting up of dedicated NPS Cell

iv. Displaying related information on the website of n the Ministry and incorporating the same link in the ‘Employee’s corner’

As regards (iv.) above, all, the important instructions issued by Accounts Dte are available on the Indian Railway’s website as under:

www.indianrailways.gov.in
?
About Indian Railways
?
Railway Board Directorates
?
Accounts
?
Instructions on NPS 

Kindly ensure circulation of these instructions so that the subscribers and nodal. offices are aware of initiatives taken for their benefit.

DA: As above

(Amitesh Kumar Sinha)
Director Finance/CCA
Railway Board
PFRDA
R.V. Verma
Member

PENSION FUND REGULATORY
AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
B-14/A, First Floor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
Qutab Institutional Area, Katwaria Sarai
New Delhi-110016

FILE NO. PFRDA/19/CG/1/39
01st August, 2016

Dear ______________

Subject: National Pension System (NPS) and its implementation.

I am writing in the context of the National Pension System (NPS) and its implementation in theCentral Government sector - Ministries & departments including the Central Autonomous Bodies under their jurisdiction. I would like to highlight the important measures taken by PFRDA in strengthening the systems, in the interest of the ultimate beneficiary - the subscriber and other stakeholders.

2. After the passage of PFRDA Act, 2013, various regulations have been framed by PFRDA under the ambit of the Act. The basic purpose of framing regulations is to ensure protection of subscriber interest. Prominent ones among the regulations are PFRDA (Redressal of Subscriber Grievance) Regulations, 2015 and PFRDA (Exits Withdrawals under the NPS) Regulations, 2015. You will appreciate that PFRDA (Redressal of Subscriber Grievance) Regulations, 2015, had laid down clear guidelines with respect to redressal of subscriber grievances. Further, Exit Regulations of PFRDA
have specified the provisions and process relating to exit and withdrawal in detail.

3. It has been PFRDA’S endeavour to take various initiatives from time to time in order to simplify and improve the operational issues in National Pension System (NPS) for ease of transaction for subscribers. Towards this end, we have introduced a number of new functionalities under NPS architecture such as simplification of account opening, withdrawal, grievance management etc. In this regard, recently many new functionalities have been released by the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) to ease operations for the benefit of subscribers and nodal offices. The details of the functionalities released recently for the nodal offices under Govt. Sector are enclosed as Annexure A.

4. As our main focus is on the subscriber, around whom the entire system revolves, we have also provided several facilities to them for easing the process and making them more user friendly. The following are the important initiatives taken in this direction:

(i) SMS and email alerts,

(ii) Centralized Grievance Management System (CGMS) with a pre-determined turnaround time for resolution of grievances related to different services.

(iii) Call Centre facility.

(iv) Periodic consolidated SoT (Statement of Transactions)

(v) Web based access to all subscribers to view SoTs and facility to modify certain data like mobile number & email id on their own.

(vi) Subscriber awareness programs at various locations and centers.

In addition to the above, several new functionalities have also been introduced in the CRA system for the benefit of the subscribers. The details of the same are enclosed as Annexure B.

5. We would very much appreciate if the Central Government ministries departments may undertake the following measures to enhance the effectiveness of the system:

(a) Distribution of comprehensive brochure prepared by PFRDA for government sector subscribers (copy enclosed).

(b) Updation of contact details of all the underlying offices in the records of CRA for better communication flow.

(c) Setting up of a dedicated NPS Cell

(d).Displaying NPS related information on the website of your Ministry and incorporating the same in link like ‘ Employee’s corner’.

6. We feel that there is urgent need to disseminate more information among the dealing officials -Pay & Accounts Offices(PAOs) Drawing & Disbursing officers (DDOs) of the CG Ministries & Departments for resolving the concerns and covering the gaps. We have recently engaged Crux Management Services Pvt. Ltd. as a training agency for imparting training to the nodal officers of CG Ministries/ Departments. We request you to nominate maximum number of DDOs from your Ministry to the training programmes which PFRDA is coordinating. Besides, workshops may be organized by CG Ministries & Department for their respective nodal offices also in order to increase
subscriber awareness and for imparting operational knowledge to PrAOs/PAOs/DDOs, wherein PF RDA and CRA officials may also participate.

We are confident that the implementation of NPS and streamlining .of the process is receiving your due attention. You may like to convene regular meetings to review the implementation of NPS and the new fun'ctionalities which wrll go a long way in ensuring smooth implementation of NPS. PFRDA will be glad to provide all necessary support and cooperation. Should your office need further clarifications, they are welcome to contact Sh. Ashish Kumar, General Manager at ashish.kumar@pfrda org.in.

With Regards,

Yours sincerely
sd/-
(R.V.Verma)

Mr. S. Mookerjee,
Financial Commissioner
Ministry of Railways,
Room No.232, Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi - 110001.
Annexure A


Functionality for nodal offices on Tier-II operations and voluntary contribution processing

under Tier-I
The Govt. sector Nodal Offices have now been provided with utility for activating the Tier II account and its operation for all Government employees. The Government subscribers (mandatorily covered under NPS) can also approach their “associated Nodal Office for making additional investment (Voluntary Contributions) in their PRAN - Tier I account in order to claim tax benefits.
Upload of unequal contribution for Govt. employeesIn, case of Govt.‘ sector employees, the Nodal Office is required to prepare and upload the contribution file wherein the Employee and Employer Contribution are equal for each subscriber. This functionality will now allow the Nodal Offices to prepare and upload contribution files where Employer and Employee contribution amount are not. same due to various exceptional reasons.
Insertion of QR Code facility on backside of PRANFor new PRAN cards, a Quick Response (QR) code will be inserted, which when scanned on a smart phone will enable easy access to CRA website for any information on NPS.
Grievance resolution by monitoring office in CRA systemIn case of Govt. sector Nodal offices, only the PAOs/DTOs can provide resolution remarks for the grievances raised against them by ' their associated subscribers in Central Grievance Management System (CG-MS) module. However, the mapped Pr.AOs/DTAs can only monitor the status of the grievances (using ‘Token No') raised against underlying PAOs/DTOs. Now, with the new facility made available in the CRA system, the Pr.AOs/DTAs can verify whether the PAO/DTO hasresoived the grievance.
Pop - Up window for resolution of pending grievance in CRA systemTo aid the Nodal Offices, a pop-up alert is displayed on the home page immediately after the User logs in to CRA website (www.cra-nsdl.com). The pop-up displays the count of grievances pending (if any) for more than 30 days. The User has two options i.e., either to resolve the grievances immediately by selecting the option ‘Resolve Now’ (which will guide the user to 'grievance resolution' screen) or to select 'Resolve Later’ to continue with regular operations and provide resolutions to the grievances later, The pop-up window is a reminder to all the Nodal Offices which have any grievance pending for resolution beyond 30 days in Central
Grievance Management system (CGMS) module.
Functionality for capturing bank details and contact details of the nodal offices‘A facility has been provided to Nodal Offices of Central Govemment to enter the contact details of their Nodal Officer (along with details of alternate Nodal Officer) and the Bank account details of respective Nodal Office in CRA system. This will help Trustee Bank and CRA to identify the nodal offices for better coordination.
Login facility for, DDOs in CRA systemThe DDOs c an login the CRA system using User ID & I-PIN (password). The DDOs can generate their l-PIN by capturing a request through instant reset option in the CRA system (www.cra-nsdl.com) and getting it authorized by their associated Nodal Office (PAOs/DTOs). This facility has been granted to the DDOs to enable them to view various reports, which is quite helpful in day to day functioning.



Annexure B 

Features released recently for NPS Subscribers

1. Mobile App
Mobile App for NPS' is nowavailable to the Subscriber's in ’Google Play Store’ as NPS by NSDL e-Gov’ for installation and use. The following features are available to the Subscribers in Mobile App:

a) Transaction Statement: Using this feature, Subscriber will be able to raise the request for Transaction Statement for a. particular financial year. The statement will be sent to the Subscriber’s registered mail ID at end of the day.

b) Account details view: Subscriber can view his / her NPS account details.

c) Statement of Holding view: Details of scheme Wise units alongwith latest NAV and the total value of the schemes (as on date) is available.

d) View of last 5 contributions: Details of the last five contributions credited will be available i.e.,‘ credit date, tier type, amount and. contribution remarks.

e) Change in contact details (Telephone/ Mobile no./ email ID): At present, Subscriber can change his/ her contact details in CRA system using login credential. The same feature has been extended in Mobile App.

f) Change password/ Security Question: Subscriber can add / modify his her password and set security question (for password reset) through Mobile App. Subscriber will also be able to reset his/ her password by answering secret questions.

g) Notifications: Notifications, if any, from CRA will be available to the Subscriber. Short messages will be displayed here.

2. Change of address using Aadhaar authentication
The Subscribers can now update/modify their address on their own using Aadhaar based authentication. After logging in CRA, Subscriber will use the menu Update Address”. After clicking on the menu ”Update Address”, Subscriber will prevode the Aadhaar No and "click on the ’submit’ button. 'On clicking on submit button, ' an OTP will be sent to Subscriber’s mobile. Once the Subscriber authenticates by submitting the OTP, address details from Aadhaar system will be fetched and updated in the CRA system. In this process, Subscriber will be able to update permanent as well as correspondence address. At present, this feature has been made available to All Citizens of India and Corporate sector. It will be extended to Government Subscriber Shortly.

3. Scheme Preference change facility
The NPS Subscribers associated to All Citizens of India (UoS), Corporate sector and Government sector (for Tier‘SII-only) can now change their Scheme Preference after logging in. An OTP will be sent to the Subscriber (on their registered mobile number) once Subscriber topts to change his / her Scheme Preference. After authentication is done with OTP, the Subscriber can change their PFM, Asset Class, Allocation ratio, Scheme Options.

4. Tier II activation through eNPS
Any subscriber having Tier I account in NPS can now activate Tier II account online through eNPS. To initiate the Tier‘II activation, Subscriber has to enter his/her PRAN, DOB and PAN. An OTP will be generated and will be sent to the registered mobile number.  Subscriber has to enter the OTP and proceed for Tier II activation under

5. KYC re-verification using Aadhaar authentication
A Subscriber whose Bank has not confirmed (rejected) his / her KYC verification request can now update the address details and confirm KYC using Aadhaar based authentication. The Subscriber need to simply go to eNPS site, click on Update details and proceed.

6. Facility to contribute Online
Subscribers are contributing through online mode using eNPS portal of. NPS Trust. Now, a facility has been made available to contribute online by Subscribers using IPIN credentials in CRA system. Subscriber can login into the CRA system and click to ”Contribution” menu. On submission, the Subscriber will be redirected to eNPS contribution page from Where he / she can contribute as per existing process of eNPS.

7. Withdrawal from Tier II account
At present, for Withdrawal from Tier II account, the NPS subscribers are required to visit the branch of the' Point of Presence (POPS) or Nodal Office which is mapped to him / her. Now, the NPS Subscribers have a facility to initiate Withdrawal request from Tier II account using their login credentials and OTP authentication on registered mobile number.

8. Online IPIN generation
The eNPS Subscribers can now access the CRA system immediately after registering without waiting for physical I-PIN to be despatched. Facility is now available where the Subscriber will generate I-PIN instantly and access his/her NPS account.

Source: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/accounts/downloads/circular/2016/RBA%2054.pdf



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Monday, September 19, 2016

Air Travel – Accounting and Payment by PAO

Government of India
Controller General of Defence Accounts
Ulan Batar Road, Delhi cantt – 110066
(Defence Travel System, E – Ticketing Project)
Phone No.: 011-26108268/26163404 /Fax No.: 011-26163403
E-mail: support@pcdatravel.gov.in
Website: http://pcdatravel.gov.in

No.Mech/EDP/861/E-T/Air

Dated: 15/09/2016

To,
The PCsDA/CsDA,

Subject: Air Travel – Accounting and Payment by PAO

Reference: HQrs Office letter No.Mech/EDP/861/E-Ticketing/Phase-III dated:21-12-2015.

It is intimated that under the e-Ticketing system – wherein Rail Tickets are being booked in lieu of warrants, an Air travel module has also been launched in collaboration with Balmer Lawrie to cover all types of moves like Temporary Duty, Permanent Transfer, LTC All India and LTC Home Town. Air tickets are being booked through DTS since 11 September 2015 by various units across Services under different PAOs. The payment procedure as agreed between CGDA and Balmer & Lawrie is post payment.

2. All PCsDA/CsDA/PCA{Fys) along with this HQrs office has been issued two set of tokens/login-id for this purpose.

(a) One set of Token /Login-Id for DAD Employee: – For booking of Air Tickets i.e. Master Booker Tokens and Competent Authority Approval Tokens for booking of Air Tickets for entitled DAD officers (already issued during training in the Jan, 2016).

(b) PAO tokens for generating and downloading of system generated booking details /Bills and invoices of air tickets booked for DAD entitled officers for payment. Such Tokens (Issued recently) cannot be used for booking of Air Tickets.

3. Process of Booking of Air Tickets: As mentioned in para 2(a) above, one set of Token/Login Id has already been issued for DAD Employee for profile creation of all officer/staffs entitled to travel by Air and booking of Air Tickets. Air Tickets. Initially, profiles of all the officers/staffs working under jurisdiction of each PCsDA/CsDA and PCA(Fys) need to be created for booking of Air Tickets. The creation of profile is a onetime process and need not be done again. When an officer/staffs will be transferred from one PCsDA/CsDA to another, in such case his profile need to be “Transferred out” by the old office and accordingly his new office will perform the activity of “Transfer in” of such officers/staffs. All such activities like profile creation, editing of profile, Air Travel Booking request and cancellation request are performed by master booker /Booker token. At the same time, Approval/Approving token is used for approval of all such request as forwarded by the master booker token through DTS system. Accordingly, once travel request is approved by Competent Authority/Approving Authority, Master Booker/Booker Token can book the Air Ticket as per Travel Regulation and Movement Sanction.

4. Process of Payment of Air Tickets to Balmer Lawrie & Co.: – As mentioned above, the booking of Air Tickets has been launched in collaboration with Balmer Lawrie, the payment procedure as agreed between CGDA and Balmer & Lawrie is post payment. Following steps are involved in processing of payment of Air Tickets to Balmer Lawrie & Co.

(a) Online Accounting and Payment Module for Air Travel: – As mentioned in para 2(b) above, Air Ticket booking details and voucher for Air Ticket booked during a particular period can be generated by logging in to the PAO Module for further processing of payment to Balmer & Lawrie Co.

(b) Preparation of Punching Medium: – After generation of the voucher by logging-in to the PAO Module, PCsDA/CsDA will prepare Punching Medium to compile under respective code head as per classification hand book.

(c) Payment Through NEFT: – After preparation of Punching Medium and Daily Payment Sheet, PCsDA/CsDA will make payment of the due amount through NEFT or through any other process is being followed in their offices. (d) Voucher Settlement: – After payment PCsDA/CsDA will log-in to the PAO Module and will mark against each invoices as payment done.

(e) Voucher Acknowledgement: – All payment will be acknowledged by Balmer & Lawrie through System and PCsDA /CsDA will be able to download Receipt voucher of payment from the system.

4. Claim Submission: – As the Air Ticket booked through system is given to the officer is as good as advance to the officer/staff serving in the PCsDA/CsDA offices, traveler will submit his final claim within one month after completion of the journey along with original boarding pass and a copy of the Air Ticket booked through DTS

5. In this regard it is intimated that PCsDA/CsDA who are not having PKI tokens (One set of Booking Token with two tokens (One for Master Booker/Booker Token and another for Approval Token)) for booking of Air Tickets through DTS and one PKI token (PAO Token) for generation of voucher and processing payment are requested to intimate to this HQrs office for issuing of the same. PCsDA/CsDA/PCA(Fys) offices in possession of one set of PKI token (One for Master Booker/Booker token, another for Approval token) are requested to start booking of Air Tickets through DTS immediately.

Jt. CGDA (IT&S) has seen.

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Deepak Kumar
Sr.ACGDA(IT & S)
Source:http://cgda.nic.in/edp/airtravel_pao_150916.pdf
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Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by air to visit NER, J&K and A&N.

No.31011/3/2014-Estt.(A-IV)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
Establishment (A-IV) Desk

North Block, New Delhi-110 001
Dated: September 19, 2016

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Central Civil Services (Leave Travel Concession) Rules, 1988 — Relaxation to travel by air to visit NER, J&K and A&N.

The undersigned is directed to refer to this Department’s O.M. of even no. dated 09.09.2016 on the subject noted above regarding extension of the scheme to travel by air to North East Region (NER) , Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N). As clarifications have been sought from many quarters, it is clarified that the following schemes have been extended for a further period of two years, w.e.f. 26th September, 2016:

(i) LTC for visiting NER, J&K and A&N in lieu of a Home Town LTC.

(ii) Facility of air journey to non-entitled government servants for visiting NER, J&K and A&N.

(iii) Permission to undertake journey to Jammu and Kashmir by private airline.

2. The above special dispensation is subject to the following terms & conditions:
(i) All eligible Government servants may avail LTC to visit any place in NER/ A&N/ J&K against the conversion of their one Home Town LTC in a four year block.

(ii) Government servants whose Home Town and Headquarters/place of posting are the same are not allowed the conversion.

(iii) Fresh Recruits are allowed conversion of one of the three Home Town LTCs in a block of four years applicable to them.

(iv) Government servants entitled to travel by air can avail this LTC from their Headquarters in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less. While travelling to North-East region and Port Blair, journey has to be performed by Air India only. However, while availing LTC to Jammu & Kashmir, service of any airlines may be availed.

(v) Government servants not entitled to travel by air are allowed to travel by air in the following sectors:

(a) Between Kolkata/ Guwahati and any place in NER by Air India only in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less.
(b) Between Kolkata/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar and Port Blair by Air India only in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less.
(c) Between Delhi / Amritsar and any place in J&K by any airlines in Economy class at LTC-80 fare or less.

Journey for these non-entitled employees from their Headquarters up to Kolkata/ Guwahati/ Chennai/ Bhubaneswar/ Delhi/ Amritsar will have to be undertaken as per their entitlement.

(vi) Air travel by non-entitled officers to NER, J&K and A&N is allowed whether they avail the normal anywhere in India LTC or in lieu of the Home Town LTC as permitted.

(vii) Air Tickets are to be purchased directly from the airlines (Booking counters, website of airlines) or by utilizing the service of Authorized Travel Agents viz. ‘M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company’, ‘M/s Ashok Travels & Tours’ and ‘IRCTC’ (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoPT’s O.M. No. 31011/6/2002- Estt.(A) dated 02.12.2009) while undertaking LTC journey. Booking of tickets through other agencies is not permitted.

3. Efforts should be made by the Government servants to book the air tickets at the cheapest fare possible. All the Ministries/ Departments are advised to bring it to the notice of all their employees that any misuse of LTC will be viewed seriously and the employees will be liable for appropriate action under the rules. In order to keep a check on any kind of misuse of LTC, Ministries/ Departments are advised to randomly get some of the air tickets submitted by the officials verified from the Airlines concerned with regard to the actual cost of air travel vis-a-vis the cost indicated on the air tickets submitted by the officials.

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(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director (Establishment)
dire-dopt@gov.in

Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/31011_3_2014-Estt.A-IV-19092016.pdf




7th Pay Commission: Finance Secretary led panel on allowances for central government employees likely to submit report soon

New Delhi: Central government employees are hoping to get better allowances, after central government rejected their demand for higher basic pay.

It is expected that the committee looking into allowances as recommended by 7th Pay Commission will submit its report to the government this week.

As per media reports, the committee on allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, has finalised the report.

In view of the strong protest staged by the representatives of Employee Associations and other stakeholders, government decided that recommendations on allowances, other than Dearness Allowance, will be examined by a Committee comprising Finance Secretary as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel & Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members before taking a final decision.

To the disappointment of government employees, the Justice A K Mathur panel had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others.

This Committee was constituted on July 22, and was to submit its report within four months. The first meeting of the Committee was held on August 4.

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission cover 48 lakh Central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

Read at  http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/economy/7th-pay-commission-finance-secretary-led-panel-on-allowances-for-central-government-employees-likely-to-submit-report-soon_1930998.html